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Friday, January 31, 2014

Water break at Co-op underpass

A troublesome water main near the Co-op underpass is flooding the area. Chris Greencorn, director of public works and engineering with the city, said the main breaks every year but the city isn't sure what's causing the problem.

Greencorn said people should be cautious about water and slush buildup in the area. The city gave no timeline for when the main would be repaired.

- Daniel Campbell

Sprinkler bylaw relaxed

Yellowknife relaxed its sprinkler bylaws during a Monday council meeting. As result of the change, owners of duplexes and secondary suites will now have the option installing building fire-resistant walls and ceilings, instead of sprinklers, in order to comply with fire safety regulations.

City coun. Niels Konge said the amendment to the bylaw would make it easier for contractors to comply with the Canadian Building Code.

Coun. Cory Vanthuyne added that the change would encourage more contractors to build duplexes and secondary suites, thereby creating more affordable housing in Yellowknife.

- Cody Punter

First Yk school opened 75 years ago

On Jan. 30, 1939, the first school in Yellowknife opened, with 20 students squeezed inside the little log cabin next to today's Mildred Hall School.

Yk1 school district says it will be celebrating the 75th anniversary for the entire year, with events to be announced later, according to a news release.

The iconic log cabin was rented from a mining company in 1939, with D.A. Davies performing duties as teacher.

- Daniel Campbell

Parliament shoots down splitting up Bill C-15

A motion to divide Bill C-15 into two bills, one dealing with devolution and the other with changing the Mackenzie Valley Resources Management Act, was voted down in committee yesterday.

Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington stated he had made the motion in response to testimony during a committee hearing in Yellowknife last Monday.

- Laura Busch

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Parking lot safety

The Snowshoe Inn and Aurora Market are sponsoring a poster contest in Fort Providence.

People from the age of six all the way to elders are encouraged to draw, paint or otherwise make a two-dimensional work about safety when walking and driving in parking areas. The poster should reflect ways to remind drivers to watch out for pedestrians and for pedestrians to watch out for vehicles.

Entries must be submitted by Feb. 14. The winners will receive Snowshoe bucks that can be used at the Snowshoe Cafe and Aurora Market.

Basketball in Simpson

Fort Simpson will be the site of an annual basketball tournament in early February.

The Wolfpack Invitational Basketball Tournament will take place from Feb. 6 to 8. Teams from Fort Simpson, Yellowknife and Hay River are expected to attend. Teams from Fort Nelson, B.C., who are regular competitors in the event, are not able to participate this year because of commitments to other tournaments, said Neil Barry, one of the organizers.

Five teams will be playing in the combined girls and junior division and six have registered for the senior open division. During the tournament Barry will also be conducting tryouts for the U16 team he is putting together for the 2014 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG). Athletes from Inuvik, Tulita and Deline will be playing in the tournament as the NAIG team.

Chicks with Sticks cancelled

The Moosehide Mammas won't be holding their Chicks With Sticks women's hockey tournament in Fort Simpson this year.

No women's teams from outside of the village expressed interest in participating, said Laurie Nadia, the Mammas' president.

"It was very disappointing for us," she said. The Mammas are planning to compete in a women's tournament in Fort Nelson, B.C. for the first time from March 28 to 30. The event will pit them against a number of teams they have never played before.

Registration system going online

The Department of Transportation plans to unveil an online vehicle registration system in February.

Paying with a debit or credit card, people will be able to renew their licence online each year and print out the registration. This will mean the end of stickers for licence plates.

The department has already set up an email and text notification service to remind people when to renew their registration, drivers licence and schedule driver's examinations.

Tourney at East Three

The annual East Three five-on-five basketball tournament is on this weekend from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1.

Players and teams will vie for bragging rights in four categories ranging from adults to 10 to 12 year olds. It's one of the premiere basketball events for the Beaufort Delta region, and usually captures a lot of public interest, said organizer Lorne Guy. Typically, the East Three Secondary School team uses the event as a tune-up for the territorial school championships. Teams and players are expected from all around the delta.

Caribou Legs hits the road

Brad Firth, better-known as Caribou Legs, will be hoofing it down the Dempster Highway over the weekend.

Firth is planning a non-stop run on the highway to Fort McPherson beginning Jan. 31. He said he estimates the run will take about 30 hours to do if all goes well. Firth is in training to run from Vancouver to Inuvik later this year. Two weeks ago, he spent parts of three days running from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk along the ice highway. Firth said he plans on tackling that route again sometime soon, and running it non-stop as he is planning for the Fort McPherson run.

Former vet jailed

Inuvik's former veterinarian, Peter Krizan, was sentenced last week to five months in jail for charges including assaulting a peace officer and resisting arrest, during a court appearance in Yellowknife.

Krizan pleaded guilty to the charges after speaking with a Crown attorney. He was arrested last September after an incident at his house in Inuvik, although he was under court orders not to be in town.

Krizan had been held in custody since that incident, and was given credit for that four-month period of incarceration. He has one month left to serve.

Youth to teleconference

A group of youth from around the Beaufort Delta have been invited to take part in the Youth Arctic Coalition conference in Ottawa via teleconferencing on Feb. 1.

"We have invited 12 youth from the surrounding Gwich'in communities of Aklavik, Fort McPherson, Tsiigehtchic and Inuvik to attend the meetings," said Jordan Peterson, the intergovernmental officer of the Gwichin Tribal Council.

"We will be hosting the online conference at the (Inuvik) youth centre Saturday and at the Gwich'in Tribal Council on Sunday."

"We will watch the presentations online through a web-based conference and will be going to the Aurora Research Institute Saturday afternoon to discuss issues affecting the Beaufort Delta region."